Small Town News—Port Jervis

The largest apples by far that we have ever seen are now displayed in Vail Brothers show window. They are called pound sours or [unclear] apples. The two weigh three pounds and seven ounces, and one measures 15¼ and another 15¼ around. They were grown on the farm of Lewis Cox, about a mile and a half beyond Deckertown, and were picked from the trees by W.H. Dewitt of this village, a brother-in-law of Mr. Cox. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, October 16, 1880)

We learn from the Middletown Press that Jonathan Dewitt, of Deckertown, last Sunday made a call at the house of G.R. Carr. A political discussion ensued, which waxed very warm, and finally ended in Mr. Carr ordering him from his house and, as he had no inclination to do so, struck him with a chair, when he got out. He was bruised a little. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, December 2, 1876)

The youngest child of William H. Dewitt, the builder, was Tuesday taken very sick. Dr. Hunt was called, and he pronounces the disease diphtheria, the first well-defined case in Port Jervis since last winter. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, February 1, 1881)

The donation of the Rev. D.E. Frambes of Montague, Sussex county, N.J., will take place at the Brick House on Wednesday evening, Dec. 20th, instead of the 30th, as previously stated. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, December 14, 1876)

The old barns on the Rorick English [sic] farm, at Monroe Corner, were totally destroyed by fire Monday evening of last week with the contents, consisting of farming implements, harness and a large amount of hay and grain. (Port Jervis Gazette, October 28, 1880)


Theodore Mackrell, Train Master

Theodore Mackrell was born in Haverstraw, Rockland County, New York, on March 21, 1862. The son of Robert Mackrell, a harness maker of that city, he attended school until he was 15 years of age, when, having acquired a good common school education, he learned telegraphy and was employed by the Warwick Valley Railroad as station agent. In 1880 he worked as an operator on the New York Division of the Erie, and a year later was promoted to operator in the train dispatcher’s office at Jersey City, which promotion was followed in 1887 by advancement to train dispatcher at Newburgh. He remained in this position until 1895, when he was appointed chief clerk for the superintendent of transportation, holding this place until June 8, 1899, when he was promoted to chief train dispatcher of the New York Division at Jersey City. On February 1, 1900, he was advanced to train master of the New York Division, with headquarters at Port Jervis.

Mr. Mackrell was married on December 24, 1888, to Miss Lizzie B. Frambes, daughter of D.E. Frambes, a minister of Bartley, New Jersey. They have three children, Mary Eva, Helen Louisa, and Robert.

Source: Romans, H.R. 1899. American Locomotive Engineers, Erie Railway Edition. Chicago: Crawford-Adsit Company Publishers.

Emma Frambes Wood

Mrs. Emma Frambes Wood died Saturday in Warwick aged 37 years.  Her father, a Methodist clergyman of Flanders, N.J., and her three sisters all survive her.  She was married to Mr. H.K. Wood in 1887, and was the mother of two sons and two daughters.

Source:  Middletown Daily Times, September 14, 1893.